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MILWAUKEE, (April 12, 2011) -- The International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD) presented research awards to six investigators at the recent 9th International Symposium on Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, which took place in Milwaukee.

The competition was open to investigators who have completed an MD or PhD, have demonstrated research activities, and are currently active in investigating basic or clinical aspects of functional GI or motility disorders. A selection committee comprised of internationally recognized experts in the field reviewed all the applications. The following winners were selected:

Ronnie Fass, MD, FACP, FACG, Professor of Medicine, University of Arizona, Southern Arizona VA Health Care System, Tucson, AZ (Senior Investigator – Clinical Science)

Million Mulugeta, MVSc, DVM, PhD, Adjunct Professor, Division of Digestive Diseases, School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA (Senior Investigator – Basic Science

Adrian Miranda, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, The Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI (Junior Investigator – Basic Science)

Samuel Nurko, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, MA (Senior Investigator – Pediatrics)

Sudarshan Jadcherla, MD, FRCP, DCH, Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Neonatology, Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition Sections, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Director, The Neonatal and Infant Feeding Disorders Program, The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH (Senior Investigator – Pediatrics)

Shaman Rajindrajith, MBBS, MD, MRCPCH, Consultant Pediatrician and Senior Lecturer in Pediatrics, University of Kelaniya, Ragama, Sri Lanka (Junior Investigator – Pediatrics)

IFFGD initiated its research awards program in 2003. Since then, it has given 30 research awards to both new and established investigators who have a record of research interest in basic mechanisms or clinical aspects of functional gastrointestinal and motility disorders.

"The program was developed to encourage young investigators to focus on functional GI and motility disorders and to acknowledge and support more senior investigators contributing to the field," explained Nancy J. Norton, founder and president of IFFGD.

Based in Milwaukee, IFFGD is a nonprofit education and research organization that addresses issues surrounding life with functional GI and motility disorders. IFFGD helps improve care by enhancing awareness, educating and promoting research into treatments and cures for digestive disorders. Anyone wanting additional information can call IFFGD at 414-964-1799 or visit the website